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Tanelorn

can i cultivate fresh store bought mushrooms at home?

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Tanelorn

I'd like to grow some mushrooms as practice, and i dont want to spend any money on spores from source of spores (just yet, but i think ive picked out the ones i'll buy). I'm thinking of buying some fresh mushrooms, and using their spores to see if anything grows. I've looked online and i see portobello spores going for 30-40 dollars. That seems ridiculous to be honest, and i'm of a mind to pick the first wild shroom i see and try to make it fruit, but that wouldnt solve my second problem.

 

Ive never liked mushrooms. As a kid they would make me vomit, even on pizza. Im not allergic or anything, but i just hate the taste. Maybe its the species, maybe its the method of cooking them. I want to get over this fear by trying as much different mushrooms as i can and seeing which ones i'll like, and at the same time grow something edible without the irrational fear of getting caught weighing over me.

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Mushinist

Not sure whether spores would be viable, but I have successfully cloned store bought shiitake to agar using the inner flesh of the cap. I'm sure you could probably do it with portobello too.

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Tanelorn
1 minute ago, Mushinist said:

Not sure whether spores would be viable, but I have successfully cloned store bought shiitake to agar using the inner flesh of the cap. I'm sure you could probably do it with portobello too.

Thanks, that's what i wanted to hear. I'm going to try this soon :)

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Mushinist

Mind you though that I did this in front of a flowhood and being as sterile as I could. Took 1 transfer to achieve a clean culture, surprisingly.

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Moonphase

Guess I'll try it with a cap out of the next 10g package of p. mexicana I get once I get back over to Switzerland.   Worth a try.  

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DonkeyHote

You could probably find a nice Agaricus campestris (wild portabello) and get a spore print. They are fruiting everywhere in my area right now. 

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